It is important for local leaders to know that the road to a thriving entrepreneurial and small business community does not have to be traversed alone. Each and every community has assets in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors that can be leveraged into meaningful partnerships. Some potential partners include colleges and universities, community colleges, small business development centers, mentors, community groups, global connections, business groups, and financing institutions.
Key Takeaways for Local Leaders
- To support entrepreneurs and small businesses, outside organizations with technical experience, resources and relationships are essential.
- Local leaders can bring together service providers and business groups to help identify gaps, encourage collaboration and be a centralized information source.
- If a local government embarks on a program that offers more targeted, sophisticated services to entrepreneurs, it's imperative to include partners with expertise and to have clear goals and realistic expectations.
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